CONTINUED There's a __ new future for the blind in the food and fragrance industries. So reports Mrs. Elisabeth Freund, formerly of the Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia and now working full time to train and place the blind as "tasters" and "sniffers." Food and perfume manufacturers, Mrs. Freund explains, have long conducted "blind tests" --so called because the testers are often blindfolded--to iseed out deviant tastes and smells. Most blindfold testers, however, suffer from the occupational hazard known as "dread fatigue of the sensory organs." They can only work a few hours a day, after which their olfactory and gustatory organs suffer exhaustion. Not so the blind, whose sensory acuity is legendary. "In this work," Mrs. Freund explains, "blindness is an asset, not a liability. The blind make better use of their remaining senses. They are not easily distracted and therefore work with greater concentration. They have better taste perception and taste memory, so their evaluations are more consistent. And they are strongly motivated to do a good job--it enables them to make a living for themselves and their families in a dignified way instead of being supported by welfare." Already blind testers are employed by General Foods in Montreal, Glidden-Durkee in Jacksonville, Fla., and Backus and Johnson, lima, Peru, Mrs. Freund reports,, and several other firms have expressed interest. For further information, write to Mrs. Freund at 6050 Overbrook Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19131. For public drunkenness the traditional penalty used to be a' couple of days in jail, to dry out in the company of other common criminals. Citing the high rate of repeated offenders, police admit the punishment is no deterrent to-the crime. They claim that they lock up drunks mostly for the drunks' own protection. The state of Minnesota has adopted a more constructive approach to the problem. Last year its legislature repealed the old public drunkenness laws. Instead of Jail, Minnesota now sentences drunks to three days in one of 52 new "detoxification centers." There, the alcoholic is given a bath, bed, sleeping pill, and some "morning after" psychological counseling. The detoxification centers are so successful that 50 percent of admissions are now voluntary. Moreover, nearly a third of those who come to the centers, sign on for long-term rehabilitation, also offered by the state. "We know that alcoholism can be treated," explains Leonard Boche, director of Minnesota's Commission on Alcoholic Problems, "but it requires long-term, continuous help." In ^Europe, private enterprise is moving into the field of detoxification. The world's first "anti- hangover clinic" opened recently in London's Soho district. For |15 the clinic offers a sauna, a rubdown, fruit juice, oxygen and a pot of tea, all administered with affection. And in the small West German town of Eoedersheim, the local tavern keeper has refurbished a couple of room-size wine barrels with a bed and bath for customers who want to sleep it off. TIB Â· MIIT1 First inVPniWILin resident correspondent of a foreign newspaper in Malta turns out to be a Tass correspondent from the Soviet Union, Mr. W.V. Mkritchian. For some time now the Soviets have attempted to set up an embassy in Malta, but according to Malta's Prime Minister Mintoff, "I do not think the Soviet Union yet needs an embassy here." ' Correspondent Mkritch- ian f s reason for opening a Tass agency in Valetta, Malta's capital city, is "because Malta is becoming a major international issue from time to time." It is no secret that Tass correspondents are frequently members of the K.G.B.,'the Soviet security apparatus.. in much the same way that members of our C.I.A. are frequently attached to U.S. embassies abroad. HOT FHTKMICUR: Last month Taft Schreiber, a onetime Chicago saxophone player who earned millions as a Hollywood flesh-peddler (talent agent), tossed a relatively unpublicized political party for Mrs. Pat Nixon, John and Martha Mitchell, and 150 other Republicans in his magnificent Tower Road home in Beverly Hills. Present at the tightly- guarded party were such Republican Party stalwarts as John Wayne, Art Linkletter, Ronald Reagan, Jack Warner, Jimmy Stewart, Irene Dunne, Bob Stack, Rosalind Russell, and many others. No photographers or newsmen were allowed, mainly to prevent Martha Mitchell interviews. Schreiber, in charge of raising Jewish contributions and votes for the Republican cause, is Ronald Reagan's former agent, an executive with MCA which owns Universal Studios, and himself a hefty contributor to the Republican Party. Sehreiber hopes to enlist at least 25 percent of the Jewish vote in California for Nixon in the November Presidential election. His daughter Lenore, however, is a. Democrat who favors McGovern as do such other show biz colonists as Warren Beatty, Barbra Streisand, Jack Nicholson, Shirley MacLaine, Gene Hackman, Elliott Gould, Mario Thomas, Burt Lancaster, Jon Voigt, Raquel Welch, Mama Cass Elliot, Dfinnis Weaver, Carly Simon, Robert Vaughn, Goldie Hawn. The political division in Hollywood clearly breaks down into age groups--the old guard favoring Nixon, the young working for McGovern.
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